LISA CORTÉS, CEO of Cortés Films was the Executive Producer of the Academy Award and Sundance winning film, Precious. Her films (Shadowboxer, The Woodsman, Kwaku Ananse, Happy Birthday To A Beautiful Woman) have received over 70 international awards and nominations. She co-directed and produced the documentary, Imagine A Future. Her most recent production is Double Play, a film directed by Ernest Dickerson and shot in Curacao.
Prior to her film career, Cortés was one of the driving forces behind the launch of Def Jam Records. She was Vice President of Artists and Repertoire at Mercury Records, where she discovered and produced albums with many multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning artists. Cortés also founded and served as President of Loose Cannon Records, a subsidiary of Polygram Records.
She serves on the Boards of ITVS, Yaddo, the celebrated artists’ community in Saratoga Springs, New York as well as the Trajal Harrell Dance Company.